2020/21 Elementary Principal Update

April 25, 2021

Dear Families,

Staff Appreciation Week is May 3 - 7, and we wanted to take this opportunity to write about our cherished staff members. Whether working from home to meet the needs of our virtual learners or coming to campus to meet the needs of our in-person learners, these adults work with one common purpose: to provide an amazing school experience for students. Working with kids takes a lot of heart, and we're fortunate to have some of the most kind-hearted people at our schools.

Consider what it takes for a school to run smoothly. Paraprofessionals greet students, lead them in recess activities, and work with them one on one to help them with their school work. Our office staff does everything from celebrating a lost tooth, keeping track of absences, and answering hundreds of questions every day. Custodians keep our rooms and campuses clean, supplies stocked, and they occasionally capture lizards. Our specialists enrich our students' lives with visual arts, music, computers, and libraries. Our counselors offer guidance to our students. And what would school be without teachers? Beyond teaching their subject matter, teachers provide attention, coaching, and love to our students on a daily basis.

Working together, these adults create environments where students feel safe, welcome, and part of a community. Our staff members model good behavior, help students make good choices, and support them in their daily endeavors. As principals, we are so grateful.

Happy Staff Appreciation Week to the LCE, PCR, and PCY staffs!


Emily Blaney, LCE Principal

Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal

Cory Pak, PCR Principal

Photo by Esther Gorlee on Unsplash

Some Photos of Our Staff Members

National Autism Acceptance Month

April is National Autism Acceptance Month. There are many students who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our schools partner with our parents to provide early interventions through special education services for these students. Our special education staff members include Speech and Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Resource Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Adaptive Physical Education Teachers, a Physical Therapist, and Paraprofessionals. It is a wonderful thing to see our young learners with Autism grow and learn.

Please watch this Youtube video: Marvelous Max - Autism Awareness for Kids to learn more about Autism.

We encourage our communities to work together for Autism Acceptance!

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Earth Day: April 22

We love our Earth! Join Mrs. Choi, PCR Art Teacher, who shares some great Earth Day projects for students through this Padlet and others that are linked for each grade level via our Specials website.
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Armenian Remembrance Day

Students at all three elementary schools learned about Armenian culture and heritage this week. On April 23, the day before the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, students "planted" or created visual representations of tulips. This was the result of lessons surrounding J.J. Manissadijan, an Armenian botanist who survived the Genocide and also saved a special variety of tulip from extinction. Our tulip gardens symbolize our own memorials to the lives lost 106 years ago. Lessons were tailored to the age levels of our students. Our art teachers, like LCE Art teacher Robin Torres, also shared some special lessons, which you can access below.
Martiros Saryan Flowers of Armenia


Enrollment for our newest LCE Lions, PCR Panthers, and PCY Cougars for the 2021-2022 school year continues. To begin the enrollment process, please click on this link for specific enrollment information. If you know of neighbors with school-age children who are new to our community, please encourage them to register. Thank you!
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Health Screening Form Reminder

COVID-19 Health Screening Form - Parent Square

Quickly complete daily health checks from your phone or the web.

In order to streamline daily health check processes and reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the school and larger community, LCUSD has implemented ParentSquare’s easy-to-use health reporting form for all students arriving on campus. Please show your confirmation screen to the person checking you in on campus.

Step 1

You must be logged in to ParentSquare to access the screening form. Activate your ParentSquare account by clicking the link in your invitation email or text. You can also download the free ParentSquare app for i0S or Android.

Step 2

Once logged in on the web or mobile app, click the large orange “Submit Daily Screening” button to access the form.

Step 3

Complete the form by answering “Yes” or “No” to all questions. New feature: you can submit for all your students at the same time--no filling out multiple forms!

Step 4

After submitting the form, you’ll be able to view a confirmation screen that will clear your student for on-campus learning if non-symptomatic. You will show the confirmation screen to the person checking you in on campus. If your student is walking, they can show the confirmation screen or provide a printed screenshot of the confirmation page.

Upcoming Events

LCUSD Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 27th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Family Learning Series: Professor Jerry Kang

Thursday, April 29th, 6:30-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us Thursday, April 29th at 6:30 for a very special online event. Jerry Kang, professor of Asian American Studies, will survey the science of implicit biases with emphasis on real-world consequences in school systems. He will also discuss potential countermeasures. The learning objectives include greater awareness of implicit biases and how to counter them within individual and institutional contexts. The session will be recording and available for two weeks only.

Reserve your spot today!

Register here: https://lcusd-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g7eT9dIlRIyeBrHmZjbRWQ

Local Community Screening of the documentary Like: Understanding and Creating Balance in Social Media

Tuesday, May 4th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Join us to understand the technology behind our favorite social media platforms, why it’s so powerful, and what you can do about it: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8LWtUEn2RTe7nGom6TM9kA

Collaboration Day

Friday, May 7th, 8-10am

Not at school

Incoming TK/Kindergarten Parent Tour

Wednesday, April 28th, 9am

This is an online event.

LCUSD Elementary School Principals

Mrs. Emily Blaney, LCE eblaney@lcusd.net

Mr. Cory Pak, PCR cpak@lcusd.net

Ms. Carrie Hetzel, PCY chetzel@lcusd.net